Singapore, 30 November 2021 – Airbnb has today announced a series of partnerships aimed at encouraging travellers to try out exciting new ways to take advantage of the blurring lines between travel, living and working.
A recent consumer survey* commissioned by Airbnb revealed how travellers around the world were embracing flexibility, remote work, and longer stays.
- Nearly two thirds (63%) of all respondents said they had come to expect more flexibility from their employers.
- One third said that after the pandemic, they will live somewhere else while working remotely more often than before the crisis.
- Respondents said they would be doing more travel in the following ways: during off-peak times (55%) and days (53%), over long weekends (55%), and in the spur of the moment (53%).
- More than one third (37%) said they would undertake more long-stay travel.
As travel continues to undergo fundamental changes, Airbnb is continuing to innovate and this month announced more than 50 new upgrades on top of the 100+ announced in May. Today, we are also rolling out new product updates that aim to give guests additional peace of mind and allow Hosts to continue hosting with confidence.
Airbnb is today launching Discover the Travel Revolution, a new initiative which provides eligible guests with a limited-time offer of SGD50 off any Airbnb stay listed by our partners via www.airbnb.com/travelrevo**. The partnership is aimed at encouraging Singaporeans to embark on local workations and staycations to try out the new ways of travelling and living that the platform sees trending globally.
Participating partners include Far East Organisation, Ascott Group, Hmlet and ST Signature. Guests can enjoy this unique offer on a select range of top-tier hotels and serviced apartments listed on Airbnb**, including Ascott Orchard Singapore, Hmlet Cantonment, lyf Funan Singapore, PARKROYAL Serviced Suites, KeSa House, Wanderlust Hotel, ST Residences Novena and many more.
This follows Airbnb’s first-ever partnership with the Singapore Brand Office in September, where both parties collaborated to launch over 25 unique Made with Passion Airbnb Experiences.
Airbnb’s latest Discover the Travel Revolution initiative aims to help Singapore’s tourism sector take advantage of the growing ‘live anywhere’ trend, as digital nomads around the world pack up their smartphones and laptops to embark on workations. In fact, from July to September, 20 percent of all Airbnb nights booked globally were for stays of one month or longer. Guests this year are spending more on these longer stays now than at any point in Airbnb history.
Amanpreet Bajaj, Airbnb General Manager for Southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan, said: “The world is undergoing a revolution in how we live and work, and this increasing desire among travellers for flexible travel has created exciting new opportunities for Singapore’s tourism sector. As a global destination for professionals and business travellers, Singapore is uniquely positioned for both short and longer-term stays, especially for digital nomads looking to anchor themselves in an exciting destination for months at a time. This new initiative will not only encourage Singaporeans to explore their own backyard in creative new ways, but also help the city hone its offering to digital nomads from around the world.”
Airbnb remains focused on partnering with governments around the world to rebuild tourism in a way that benefits both travellers and locals and fosters economic growth. This includes our ongoing efforts to work collaboratively with governments to drive compliance with local regulation and further empower communities to harness the travel revolution. Airbnb’s City Portal, for example, not only provides officials with tools to help enforce their laws, but also a number of crucial travel insights and enhanced access to Airbnb when help is needed. Initially launched last year with 18 pilot partners, Airbnb now has more than 100 City Portal partners across the globe.
As domestic and international travel rebounds, Airbnb continues to provide new tools that help Hosts share their space with confidence and give guests additional peace of mind. This year, Airbnb has created new tools to allow Hosts in Singapore to easily record applicable license numbers or authorisations on their listing. Beginning 30 November, the platform will deploy additional systems to more efficiently help Hosts comply with local regulations in Singapore.
Airbnb expects that the majority of the listings potentially affected by this latest update will be those that have not had more than two bookings over the past 18 months. The platform also continues to onboard new listings, including in recent months, to offer guests a diverse range of accommodation options as travel reopens.
Airbnb continues to see enthusiasm across our Host community to take advantage of the popularity of long-term stays while also meeting their compliance obligations.
*Strategies survey of 7,500 adults across Australia, France, Mexico, the UK and the US; September 20-26, 2021; margin of error +/-1.13.
**Terms and conditions apply. Guests can redeem SGD50 off select Singapore hotels and serviced residence stays featured on airbnb.com/travelrevo, upon a minimum booking spend of SGD150. Each user can redeem the coupon code only once.
All data in this post is for Q3 2021, and all comparisons are to Q3 2019, unless otherwise specified.